Digital Programme

Janet Behan: Kathleen and Me

Kathleen Behan, Brendan Behan’s mother lived through The Easter Rising, Spanish Flu, the War of Independence and the Civil war.  She took an active role in the fight for an Irish Republic and threw her energy into trying to make it a socialist one.  She survived near starvation and grinding poverty, holding her family of seven children together through thick and thin while never relinquishing her innate feminism. Her ‘golden boy’ Brendan, become famous all over the world for his plays and books and, according to the press, his ‘rowdy behaviour.’  Through it all she kept going with laughter, songs and wit. Using Kathleen’s words and favourite songs, along with her own memories of her grandmother, Janet Behan and Director Jessica Higgs have created a glorious portrait of a woman who witnessed, first hand, the birth of a nation.

Paid for viewing via www.biglit.org.  Available Aug 19th-22nd.    £5

P.S Lightfoot: Lincoln Lightfoot and the Eccentrifuge

Lincoln Lightfoot and the Eccentrifuge (Archetype Books, 2021) is the author’s account of his great-great-grandfather’s unabashedly whirligig life. Hold on to your hats as Lincoln sidesteps Victorian justice by stowing away aboard a steamer bound for the New World. He invents the mysterious Eccentrifuge that promises to take America by storm. But then his love affair with a Native American woman imperils all that Lincoln holds most dear. Not least his life.

'Lincoln Lightfoot and the Eccentrifuge is that rare novel: a page-turner that combines skilful storytelling with sumptuous writing. An absolute delight.' Kylie Fitzpatrick

‘A glorious, tumbling, effervescent tale.’ Tim Wilson

Solway: Elizabeth Burns 1957 - 2015

This short film has been made to celebrate the poet Elizabeth Burns and features a collection of her work written in response to Galloway and the Solway. Solway, produced by Alison Burns, features stunning footage of land and shoreline from video maker Sue Thomas woven through with poems voiced by actor Liz Kettle.

Chris Agee: Trump Rant

Poet Chris Agee reads from his “startlingly unique” new poetic work, TRUMP RANT (2021), written between January 2017 and Election Day 2020.

“A cross between Allen Ginsberg’s Howl  and Wittgenstein.” 

– William Crawley, BBC Journalist and Presenter of “Sunday”

“What a profusion of insults and vituperation, what a cornucopia of abuse, reproach, contempt, disgust and political and psychological analysis. What an abundance of inventiveness and unfailing imagination and versatility. I am reminded of the copious, imaginative and colourful execration one finds in Shakespeare. Agee’s rant could only have been done by a poet with authentic delight in language and a proper poet’s audacity. It has a poet’s command of cultural allusions too. Altogether this little book of outrage is splendid.” –  Chris Preddle

BAKEHOUSE BITES

Way back in 2020 The Bakehouse Community Arts applied to Creative Scotland for funding  to develop its eBakings online poetry and spoken word project. I am delighted to say we were successful. Our brief was to deliver 20 x 5 minute films – individual poems and stories by both established and new/aspiring writers. Here are four ‘Bakehouse Bites’, 15 minute poetry trios from selected local poets and others from further afield. ENJOY

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